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IMPACT- My Experience (IMPACT-ME)

  • Summary

    IMPACT-ME aims to explore the process of overcoming severe depression as experienced by adolescents and their families receiving psychological therapies. We are including the perspectives of adolescents, families and therapists in order to gain a better understanding of the process of overcoming depression and what factors help or hinder recovery.

    All families taking part in the IMPACT trial in North London were invited to take part in the IMPACT-ME study. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were carried out with young people and parents at three time points (for full details of the design of the study, see Midgley, Ansaldo & Target, 2014).

  • Project team


    Monument Trust

    Principal Investigator: 

    Nick Midgley and Mary Target 

    Research project team:

    Sally O'Keeffe, Danny Isaacs, Emily Stapley, Josh Holmes and Virge Eatough

  • Publications

    Midgley, N., Ansaldo, F., & Target, M. (2014). The meaningful assessment of therapy outcomes: Incorporating a qualitative study into a randomized controlled trial evaluating the treatment of adolescent depression. Psychotherapy51(1), 128–37.

    Midgley, N., Holmes, J., Parkinson, S., Stapley, E., Eatough, V., & Target, M. (2014). “Just like talking to someone about like shit in your life and stuff, and they help you”: hopes and expectations for therapy among depressed adolescents. Psychotherapy Research, 26(1), 11-21.

    Midgley, N., Isaacs, D., Weitkamp, K. and Target, M. (2016). The experience of adolescents participating in a randomised clinical trial in the field of mental health: A qualitative study. Trials17(1), 364.

    Midgley, N., Parkinson, S., Holmes, J., Stapley, E., Eatough, V., & Target, M. (2015). Beyond a diagnosis: The experience of depression among clinically-referred adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 44, 269–279.

    Midgley, N., Parkinson, S., Holmes, J., Stapley, E., Eatough, V. and Target, M. (2016). 'Did I bring it on myself?': How adolescents referred to mental health services make sense of their own depression. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry26(1), 25-34.

    O’Keeffe, S., Martin, P., Target, M., & Midgley, N. (2019). ‘I just stopped going’: A mixed methods investigation into types of therapy dropout in adolescents with depression. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 75.

    Parkinson, S., Eatough, V., Holmes, J., Stapley, E. and Midgley, N. (2016). Framework Analysis: A worked example of a study exploring young people’s experiences of depression, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 13(2), 109-129.

    Stapley, E., Midgley, N., & Target, M. (2015). The Experience of Being the Parent of an Adolescent with a Diagnosis of Depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(2), 618-630.

    Stapley, E., Target, M. and Midgley, N. (2017). The journey through and beyond mental health services in the UK: A typology of parents’ ways of managing the crisis of their teenage child’s depression. Journal of Clinical Psychology73(10), 1429-1441.


    Trilogy of short films co-produced with young people and parents:

    Facing Shadows: Behind the Scenes. (2015). Retrieved from

    Facing Shadows. (2015). Retrieved from

    Journey Through the Shadows. (2015). Retrieved from